From Amazon bestseller Pam Howes comes an emotional World War Two saga about three young women whose bravery and friendship will see them through the darkest times.
Liverpool, 1939. Bella Rogers thought her life was just starting; she can’t wait to get married to her childhood sweetheart, Bobby. But when war is declared and Bobby is called up, his letters stop, leaving Bella heartbroken and alone. Then her family is torn apart by tragedy when her angelic five-year-old sister dies from a terrible illness. They can barely afford a funeral, but the church is packed with the entire community, devastated for their loss.
Grieving for her sister and lost love, Bella finds a job at the Bryant and May factory, making matches. As bombs begin to fall, Bella gets the workers singing, keeping spirits high amidst the fear. When she meets a handsome American airman, Earl Franklin Jr, Bella’s heart finally starts to mend. Earl encourages her passion and soon she and her friends are offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel the country’s army bases, entertaining the troops and singing for victory. They name themselves The Bryant Sisters.
Just as her life is getting back on track, Bella finds herself pregnant – and Earl reveals a shattering secret that changes everything about their future. Desolate, she flees home to Liverpool, but as an unmarried mother, will her family reject her? And, as she faces a terrible sacrifice, will she ever sing with The Bryant Sisters again?
A heartbreaking historical novel about women in wartime, friendship, family and hope. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Wives of War.
I really don't know where to start with this. I absolutely loved this book, loved the flow of the story, loved the characters and loved getting lost into another world while reading it.
Pam as I've said before has an amazing knack for writing these books. I'm not a huge fan of this genre but after reading one of Pam's books I have read every one since. I'm so glad these were recommended and I have no problems recommending them to anyone.
A heart breaking story but one that gets you so engaged in it you can not put it down. This is the first book in a new series and it's going to be a series I will be following.
The atmosphere around this wartime story is beautiful. I felt as though I was really getting to know these characters and that I want to continue going on a journey with them. Bella was a beautiful character and life was never very smooth for her, but as a woman of her time she just gets on with what needs doing. She's going to be a very strong character the more we learn.
An easy to read realistic story that will keep you reading and enjoying right to the very last page, where you will be disappointed that it hasn't carried on, and on.... and will desperately want more.
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